8 tips for beginner photographers

If you’re just starting photography, this is how to get good, fast.
8 tips for beginner photographers - Pat Kay Away

Everyone is a beginner at something at some stage.

It’s great. A beginners mind is something you should always cherish and hold on to. It’s an exciting time, everything is new and there’s so much growth and discovery to be had on your new journey.

When you first start out in photography, the domain seems huge. F-stops and shutters. Compositions and story. Post processing and social media. There’s so much to learn! Where does one even start?

Well, in my opinion, when first starting photography, your focus should be on 3 main things:

Vision, repetition, reflection.

Abstracted out a little further – Vision is about how you ‘see’ as a photographer. It’s about how you identify compositions, how you use visual language, how to read the light.

Repetition is about practice. The great thing about photography is that it’s easy to count how much you’ve practiced – look at the amount of frames you’ve taken for that year.

Reflection is about critically looking at your work, adjusting and tweaking your vision and skills bit by bit. Because even if you have a lot of repetition, if you’re not reflecting on and then adjusting your work, there’s no amount of hard work you can put in to become better.

So with those 3 main areas to work on, here’s 8 tactical tips for you beginner photographers that touch all 3 of these areas.

Bonus tip

Shoot RAW + JPEG for now.

Don’t worry about your RAWs… for now. They’re for use in post production a little later on when you want to dive in to that.

For now, JPEGS will do. Most cameras have great colours out of the box, so don’t worry too much about post processing. But for when the time comes and you’re ready, you’ll wish you had RAWs to go back to.

You’ll be an intermediate in no time!

Becoming comfortable with your photography takes a long time and a lot of practice. But with a dedicated focus on vision, repetition and reflection, you’ll get there in no time.

And remember to enjoy the process. It’s fun.

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